Boston Celtics Being Content Is Fine For Now, But Is That The Best Course Of Action?
The Boston Celtics are a better team. Simple as that. Adding Jayson Tatum via the draft and Gordon Hayward via free agency was enough to do that. They also added Marcus Morris via a trade that involved Avery Bradley and a second round pick.
But the question that is now fair to ask. How much better are they?
Boston moved on from Amir Johnson, Kelly Olynyk, and now Avery Bradley. These moves were necessary in order to clear the necessary cap room to sign Hayward. But the worst rebounding team from last year’s playoffs got worse in that phase of the game.
There is an opportunity for them to parlay a trade for a big man. A deal involving Jae Crowder could be possible. But according to Adam Himmelsbach of the Boston Globe, the Celtics have no intention of moving Crowder. In fact, they plan on using Guerschon Yabusele and potentially Ante Zizic as their prime rebounders.
Brad Stevens employs a positionless form of basketball and the idea of having versatile players is one that excites him. But come playoff time, this team will need a rebounder and a rim protector to help them out against the Tristian Thompson’s of the world.
Being content, for now, is fine, but for the long-term, it doesn’ seem like a realistic option for the Boston Celtics. Pleading for a Crowder trade is not the answer, in fact holding onto their wings is a smart move for this system. Before it is too late, the Boston Celtics should look to free agency to solve their rebounding woes.
One potential target is Dewayne Dedmon. Dedmon is a 7-foot free agent who averaged 5.1 PTS, 6.5 REB in 76 GM for the San Antonio Spurs last year in 17.5 MPG. And he is currently 27-years-old. The issue is he is one of the better remaining free agents but with a mid-level exception at the Celtics disposal, there is the potential for Dedmon to be added.
Either way, the Boston Celtics look content for now. But with sports, things change in a second. The belief is this season is to build up with the intent of competing for an NBA Championship the following season. Not a popular idea, but this year still belongs to the Cleveland Cavaliers in the Eastern Conference. But if LeBron James stays in Cleveland after this season, then waiting for Boston will have been a mistake.